Chad Pinder
Chad Pinder
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Oakland Athletics
2021 Fantasy Outlook
We should appreciate players for what they are rather than lament what they are not. Pinder has versatile skills at the plate and in the field, and comes into 2020 with 2B and 3B eligibility in many formats and will gain OF eligibility in-season in one-to-five-game eligibility formats. The righty has been an above-average offensive producer against lefties, setting aside the 26 PA from last season where he was rather unproductive but salvaged it by doing better against righties than previous efforts. He has improved his strikeout rate each of the past four seasons, although he has not been rewarded by any batting average improvement. Still, Pinder hits the ball hard (career 90.6 mph exit velocity) and he had the highest gain in max exit velocity from 2019 to 2020 in the majors, besting Teoscar Hernandez. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#563
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $2.28 million contract with the Athletics in December of 2020.
Returns to lineup
2BOakland Athletics
June 19, 2021
Pinder (head) is starting Saturday's game against the Yankees, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
Pinder had been out of the lineup since he was hit in the head by a pitch Monday, but he appeared as a pinch hitter in each of the last two games and went 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and two strikeouts. He'll start in left field and bat eighth Saturday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
2
6
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
1
4
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+49%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+37%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .752 246 32 11 37 0 .248 .305 .447
Since 2019vs Right .661 285 35 7 27 0 .231 .275 .386
2021vs Left .874 43 6 2 6 0 .300 .349 .525
2021vs Right .585 61 8 1 4 0 .196 .246 .339
2020vs Left .558 24 3 2 4 0 .130 .167 .391
2020vs Right .764 33 5 0 3 0 .300 .364 .400
2019vs Left .748 179 23 7 27 0 .252 .313 .436
2019vs Right .667 191 22 6 20 0 .230 .268 .399
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+74%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .662 251 29 7 32 0 .233 .283 .379
Since 2019Away .741 284 38 11 33 0 .245 .297 .444
2021Home .631 55 5 1 6 0 .240 .291 .340
2021Away .786 49 9 2 4 0 .239 .286 .500
2020Home .539 39 4 0 2 0 .200 .282 .257
2020Away .937 22 4 2 6 0 .286 .318 .619
2019Home .702 157 20 6 24 0 .238 .280 .422
2019Away .710 213 25 7 23 0 .242 .297 .412
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Stat Review
How does Chad Pinder compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.19
 
BB Rate
5.8%
 
K Rate
29.8%
 
BABIP
.317
 
ISO
.177
 
AVG
.240
 
OBP
.288
 
SLG
.417
 
OPS
.705
 
wOBA
.308
 
Exit Velocity
85.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.9%
 
Barrels/PA
12.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Pinder's bat has upside, but health is an issue as he once again failed to reach 400 plate appearances. In his defense, Oakland's roster was deeper in 2019 than it had been in previous years, so once someone went down with an injury or was in a slump, they could stay down awhile. The other strike against Pinder is that he is better on the short side of a platoon as his OPS against lefties is 77 points higher than it is against righties over the course of his career. He retains his position flexibility in 2020, and has three-position eligibility in some formats, but the platoon splits will always put a cap on his potential as an everyday player. If he gets over 400 plate appearances, he has either had a huge breakout at the plate, or Oakland has had several players break down at once. He is not mixed-league relevant, but handy for AL-only rosters since you can move him around in-season.
Pinder began 2018 in a utility role before missing 10 days in April with a hyper-extended knee. When he returned, Pinder saw some time at second but played primarily in left field. He and his fiancee were in a car accident in late July and Pinder was sent to the DL with a lacerated elbow. Upon returning, Pinder resumed his utility role. Pinder improved his on-base skills but fell back in power, with his flyball rate and HR/FB both dropping a little. Alone, neither inflicted much damage, but in tandem they cost Pinder a few long balls. Statcast data bodes well with Pinder checking in above average in both exit velocity and barrel rate. Oakland likes to get everyone involved, so regardless of whether he wins a starting job, Pinder will get plenty of action.
Pinder didn't make the big club coming out of camp, but an injury to Marcus Semien resulted in his callup from Triple-A Nashville in mid-April. Pinder spent the rest of the season with the Athletics, though he did miss a little more than five weeks mid-season with a hamstring before having his season truncated via a concussion in late September. All told, the utility man appeared in 87 games, playing second base, shortstop and all three outfield spots, along with a handful of games at designated hitter. That's Pinder's likely role heading into 2018, offering a power bat off the bench while giving one of the regulars a day off a couple times a week. Pinder hit double-digit homers at three levels in the minors, so popping 15 in 208 plate appearances wasn't a shock. However, a 29.8 percent strikeout rate tempers his average, exposing him when playing full time. Pinder is the ideal endgame play in AL-only. He'll get his at-bats, but without a regular job, he won't draw much interest.
Pinder scraped out 22 major league games last year and failed to make a major impact. Though he had an encouraging stint at High-A Stockton in 2014 and has smacked double-digit homers in his last two minor league years, although he has often been taking advantage of very favorable hitting conditions. He occupied the bottom half of an A's platoon with Joey Wendle at second base near the end of 2016, but with Jed Lowrie presumably fully recovered from toe surgery, Pinder may open 2017 as a bench bat. He has enough defensive versatility and may display enough offense across the board -- including sneaky stolen-base ability -- to gain fantasy value as a compiler if he is ever given a regular role. However, he may need an injury ahead of him to receive that shot, and it would have to happen fairly quickly, as top prospect Franklin Barreto is nearing the majors and figures to slot in alongside Marcus Semien to form Oakland's double-play duo of the future.
Pinder built on his success at High-A in 2014 with another strong season at Double-A Midland. Pinder finished the year at .317 with an .847 OPS with 15 homers and 86 RBI over 477 at-bats. Back-to-back years with an OPS over .800 has elevated Pinder's stock within the A's system, especially with the trades of other shortstops, Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson. Even more exciting is how Pinder improved as the year progressed, hitting .340 after June 1st with a nearly .900 OPS. The 2013 2nd round pick out of VPI was rewarded for his season by being named the 2015 Texas League Player of the Year. Pinder had one of the best years in the A's farm system and could make an appearance in the Majors in the second half if he continues hitting.
Pinder, a second-round pick in 2013, spent his first full professional season at High-A Stockton in 2014. He had a nice first year, putting up a .824 OPS with 13 homers, 12 steals and 32 doubles over 403 at-bats. The extra-base hits were very nice after he managed only seven of them in 140 at-bats with Low-A Beloit in 2013. The A's front office has indicated that Pinder played though multiples wrist injuries in 2014, so it is possible that his offensive production could jump yet again in 2015. He moved to second base in 2014, likely because the A's already had stud shortstop prospect Addison Russell in the system, but it is possible that Pinder could be moved back to shortstop since the A's have since dealt Russell to the Cubs and Daniel Robertson to to the Rays.
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Feeling better after HBP
2BOakland Athletics
Head
June 16, 2021
Pinder fielded grounders prior to Wednesday's game against the Angels and indicated he's feeling better after being hit in the head by a pitch in Monday's 6-4 loss, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Not in lineup Tuesday
2BOakland Athletics
Head
June 15, 2021
Pinder (head) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Angels, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Looks to have avoided concussion
2BOakland Athletics
Head
June 15, 2021
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said after Monday's 8-5 win over the Angels that Pinder (head) hasn't entered the concussion protocol, the Associated Press reports. "Pretty scary because he's had a few concussion issues in the past," Melvin said of Pinder, who was struck in the left side of his head during his seventh-inning plate appearance. "We'll monitor him."
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Exits after scary HBP
2BOakland Athletics
Head
June 14, 2021
Pinder left Monday's game against the Angels after being struck by a pitch in the head, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports. He recorded an RBI double in his other plate appearance on the night.
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Sits versus righty
2BOakland Athletics
June 9, 2021
Pinder is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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